Every week, I would like to share with you a round up of links to articles and videos that have resonated with me in some particular way. It is important that you realize that I am not endorsing everything in these articles, videos, or sites but I share them with you as a way for you to see what has engaged my thinking and caught my attention online through the week. Some of the links are related to current events, some are related to current realities facing the church, some are just cool and random facts that you may or may not have known.

 -Pastor Chris Lenhart

Link Roundup 12-3-18

Current Reads

  • “Confessions” Augustine


Links

  • Make Routine Bible Reading a Priority
    The New Year is approaching quickly, and it is a time when many of us make commitments about our daily scripture reading.
     This is a great article that helps to answer the question, “Why do so many Christians start with a strong commitment and yet lose their way when reading the Bible?” The link below, is a link from the same website with a number of Bible reading plans to choose from.
    Bible Reading Plans

  • The December edition of Themelios
    Themelios is an international journal for students of theological and religious studies. It is always full of great, deep and theologically/biblically rich content. This month’s edition features articles on the gospel of John, the book of Romans, and Job.
     
  • 6 Essentials for Spiritual and Emotional Health
    In our fast paced society, our spiritual and emotional health can quickly become overlooked. These essentials are penned in the form of questions that you can ask yourself.

  • Our Favorite Verse in the Bible (w/Video)
    If you have never participated in one of John Piper’s “Look at the Book” videos, this would be a great one to start with, but be careful, they can be addicting, and you might find yourself wanting to watch more!

  • Enjoy the work of Phillis Wheatley
    Phillis Wheatley was an African American poet from the late 1700’s. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts. She was emancipated in 1773 and married a free African American man. Sadly, she died only 11 years after her emancipation. She was a gifted poet, who penned poetry from an evangelical perspective. Her works included an elegy to George Whitefield, a portion of which is included in the link.
     
  • How to Pray for our Missionaries
    Some missionaries live in very difficult places, in cultures that are vastly different than ours. 
     
  • US Missionary killed by World's Most Isolated Tribe
    This has been all over the news, with thoughts and opinions ranging from one extreme end to another. I am reminded of Jim Elliot’s story from many years ago, and I consider the implications of how God used the death of His saint, transforming the Aucas and drawing many of them unto Himself. I find myself asking the question, could the same result follow this particular tragedy on earth?

  • The Meaning of Christmas (Video)
    Just a fun video to help you remember the true meaning of the season.




11-12-18 Links

11-5-18 Links


10-29-18 Links


It is important that you realize that I am not endorsing everything in these articles, videos, or sites but I share them with you as a way for you to see what has engaged my thinking and caught my attention online through the week. Some of the links are related to current events, some are related to current realities facing the church, some are just cool and random facts that you may or may not have known.

 -Pastor Chris Lenhart

Discipleship Toolbox

Spiritual Growth

Our desire is to develop fully devoted followers of Christ who make disciples. In light of that vision, we are very passionate about helping every person who attends CMBC to take their next step. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, there is always another step to take towards being fully devoted in your following of Christ. There is no one prescription for spiritual growth because everyone is different. But there are some basic areas to consider. It is our desire that each person intentionally participates with God and others in this transforming process. We invite you to consider what’s offered at CMBC and how that may be used by God to mature you in the faith.


Daily Bible Reading

We believe that reading God's Word, the Bible, daily is vitally important and absolutely necessary for spiritual growth. There are many different devotionals and guides for helping you read and apply the Bible, and we encourage you to find something that works for you. Here are a few suggestions:


Preparing for Baptism

Baptism is important, but it is not salvation. Baptism should be among the first steps of a new believer’s walk in obedience to the Lord. This booklet will help you more thoroughly understand baptism.


Steps to Membership

What is church membership? Although “official membership” is not found in Scripture, the idea of being a regular, integral part of a church fellowship is indicated throughout the Bible. It is not an option. It is mandatory for the kind of healthy spiritual life God intends. (1 Cor. 12:27)

 

Here are some ways to get integrated into the fellowship at CMBC.

  • Attend the “Exploring CMBC” class. This 4-week class is normally offered once a year during the ABF hour (9:45-10:45) on Sunday mornings and is for those desiring to know more about CMBC or intending to join. These classes are required for membership.
  • Click here to download and read the “Becoming a Member” booklet. If you wish to become a member and have completed the “Exploring CMBC” membership class, fill out the form at the back of the booklet and turn in to the church office.

The Story

The Bible is the story of God’s love for you. A love that goes beyond what we as humans can fathom. And because it is a story about the relationship between God and humans, it is sometimes painful. But there are times when hope is evident and God’s love is victorious.


 

The purpose of the story is to introduce us to Jesus Christ and his victory over sin and death. The story is complete in one verse which many of us know – John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

 

But there’s more to the story. Listen and allow The Story to change your heart and life...thestoryfilm.com